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Here is the diagram of a grounding rod connection from meter box:
As indicated in the picture, a grounding electrode conductor must connect the grounded neutral conductor to a grounding electrode at the 1. Service drop, 2. The meter can, or 3. Service disconnect.
An electrical entrance is composed of three main installations. Either the mast, the meter box, and the distribution panel located inside your home.
Replace your electric input
It’s a good idea to at least inspect your electrical driveway if you’ve done major renovations or have finished your basement or renovated your kitchen. Also, if your home is over 20 years old or if you have a fuse electric panel.
There are a number of reasons why homeowners change their electrical entrance:
Request from the insurance company
Buying an electric vehicle
Electric fuse panel
Increased electrical capacity to 200 amps (or more)
Outdated installation for more than 20 years
Moving the electrical entrance following an expansion
Damage and fire hazards are possible if your electrical input is not in order or if your electrical input is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of today’s occupying family.
Electric fuse panel
Fuse electric panels are becoming increasingly rare, but there are still some. At the time, households did not consume at all what today’s household can consume in electricity. Not only have our needs changed a lot, but the technology available for electricity distribution is also greatly improved and it is much superior in terms of security.
Fuse electric panels are often filled with fuses that are incompatible with each other. Generally, fuse electric panels are overloaded and several problems arise from them. Risks of contact, overheating and electric lights are often possible. Your insurance company may even require it to be replaced with a cleaner circuit breaker electrical panel.
Replacing the electric panel
When replacing your electrical panel, it will be compliant and will have 40 to 60 circuits and it will also be equipped with protection by a main circuit breaker of 200 amps. If necessary, the electrician will conduct a grounding compliance inspection and make the necessary modifications to the building code to ensure that everything is safe and compliant.
A noisy electrical entrance
Building owners sometimes complain of vibration noise near their electrical entrance. The electrical distribution of the alternating current can indeed make noise. The sound may come from the mast or the attachment point. Hydro-Québec, on the other hand, has had studies done in this direction. It emerged from this study that certain types of house overlay tend to amplify and transmit the sound emitted by electrical distribution.
Also, the cross-checking of the data in this study shows that bungalows with a light coating are the most conducive to experiencing this phenomenon of amplification of the vibrations of the low voltage network. In addition to the fastening elements, the fittings and the position of the wood studs can also amplify this phenomenon. Some solutions exist, such as the revision of the internal structure of the building, the attachment of the fittings, the attachment mode of the mast. Talk to a master electrician from Boucher Lortie to find out what solutions can be provided to you.
Replacing the mast of the electric entrance
When changing the mast, it makes sense, if your house is particularly old, to make sure that the anode holding the Distributor of Hydro-Québec is an anode that can support 200 amps.
A new electric entrance
Our electricians will conduct an assessment of the costs, needs and standards you must meet for your own safety. Also, depending on the projects you have and your needs, the electrician will perform load calculations so that you have an adequate electrical input system according to the building code and the Quebec Master Electricians Corporation.
*Please note, the text above is for educational purposes only. The content is an example of what information may be entered into the nSpek inspection software by a professional and digital form user, to make their inspections much faster, and to also standardize the work-flow of all your field workers, saving you training and supervision costs.